In St. Luke’s Gospel, right in the heart of the Christmas story of the birth of the Christ Child, a choir of heavenly angels amassed in the sky near the little town of Bethlehem, where this most blessed of all events was taking place.
The sight of eternal and celestial beings hovering in the sky above them understandably created profound fear and terror amongst a group totally unprepared for such a moment. And then one of the angels spoke to them—which must have pushed the terror into hysteria!
But what the angel said was so amazing, so unexpected, and so very much exactly what the shepherds (and the world) needed to hear that the terror soon subsided and their fears were allayed.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11, KJV).
If someone asked me to summarize the story of Christmas, I would use the angel’s words: “For unto you is born this day…a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” It’s at the heart of the entire story.
These are words that are filled with hope—the long-awaited Redeemer has finally come into the world.
They are words that speak of God’s power and faithfulness. “To all people,” the angel says: God’s plan is universal; it encompasses the whole world. Then the angel also says, “unto you.” God’s love and plan encompasses each of us in personal and powerful ways.
And they are words filled with great love, because to save mankind God Himself has become a child—this Child. And through the life of this Child, who carries in Himself the very essence and being of God, the world will be saved.
This is why I love Christmas. These are the blessings that I hope will be real for you and your family during this season of hope and joy. This is why every Merry Christmas spoken to me makes my heart sing—I can almost hear those angels singing!